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Investigators look at crack in Amtrak train windshield ... Police still on alert in Waco ... 3 airport workers accused of drug smuggling

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 19, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities said they are uncertain if anything struck the windshield of an Amtrak train before it derailed in Philadelphia last week, but they say it was not a gunshot. FBI agents performed forensic work on a grapefruit-sized crack on the left side of the Amtrak locomotive's windshield. Investigators have been focusing on the speed of the train, which reached 106 mph, slowing down only slightly before reaching a curve and derailing, killing eight people and injuring more than 200.

WACO, Texas (AP) — Police in Waco, Texas, say they're ready to confront any more violence involving rival motorcycle gangs following Sunday's clash at a local restaurant that left nine people dead and 18 wounded. Police say authorities received threats from biker groups after the shooting. Meanwhile, 170 bikers have been charged with engaging in organized crime and their bail is set at $1 million each.

DERA ISLAMIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say three militants have been killed by a U.S. drone near the Afghan border. The officials say the strike happened Monday night in the North Waziristan tribal region. North Waziristan has been the scene of a massive military operation against local and foreign militants since June and the military says it has eliminated militants in most of the areas of North Waziristan since launching the operation.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The City Council in financially-troubled San Bernardino, California, has approved a bankruptcy exit plan that would slash retirees' health care coverage and contract out for services like fire and waste disposal. Councilmembers voted 6-1 in favor of the plan Monday night. The Sun newspaper reports the vote came before a May 30 deadline to submit the roadmap to U.S. Bankruptcy Court. San Bernardino filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal authorities say three baggage handlers at Oakland International Airport used their security badges to help them smuggle suitcases filled with marijuana past screening areas. U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag says the baggage handlers would hand off the luggage to passengers waiting to board planes, who would then transport the drugs as carry-on items throughout the country. A criminal complaint says the group had been operating since July 2012.

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